September 2019 News

 

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We are enjoying our August break and looking forward to returning in September. We will not be having a formal research meeting at Solihull because we will be attending the Bristol and Avon Family History Fair – 2019. However, the library will still be available for research. Date: 28 September, 2019.

 

BAFHS Family History Fair – 2019

BAFHS Family History Fair

on Saturday 28th September 2019

 

All visitors welcome – if you are not a member of a family history society, come and find out about us

at  BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7RG

Open 10.00 – 16.00

Further details of the event at the following link:

https://www.bafhs.org.uk/our-society/news/536-bafhs-family-history-fair-september-2019

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Don’t call it a comeback!

The Caribbean Family History Group was founded in 2012 by individuals in London and Solihull conducting their research into their families’ history. The blog has been quiet for a few years but we’re attempting to bring it back with events listings, book reviews and interviews that might be of interest for people researching their family history in the Caribbean.

The group in Solihull is still going strong with regular meetings held at The Core Library and has established their own collection of records for researchers in the Midlands.

So, what would you like to see? What books or records have been useful to you?
Leave a comment and let us know!

Roots 40th Anniversary with Paul Crooks – Wed 21 Jun 2017 6.30pm at Brixton Library

Part of the Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival 2017  join historian and author Paul Crooks to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Alex Haley’s seminal book Roots.

Paul Crooks, the author of Ancestors, traces his family back six generations to Ami Djaba who were living in the Krobo Mountains in Ghana.

Paul Crooks, the author of Ancestors, traces his family back 6 generations to Ami Djaba who were living in the Krobo Mountain in Ghana. Paul’s acclaimed novel, and appearance on BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are with Moira Stuart, inspired a generation to start exploring Black and British ancestry.

Paul will talk about his book and his journey to find his family history.

Booking essential email: info@paulcrooksuk.com

https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/events/ancestry-talks-roots-40th-anniversary-with-paul-crooks-readers-and-writers-festival

Islam Channel, ‘Living the Life’ 28th May 2013

It was an honour to be invited onto the show ‘Living the Life’ to talk about  genealogical research as an educational tool. It is often said that to know where we are going we must know where we are from. For Black British younsters to learn about their family origins, the contributions their ancestors made to society, and the struggles they overcame – these are very empowering topics that can help young people to achieve their own aspirations.

Andrew Muhammad – historian, writer and teacher, was also a guest on the show. He does fantastic work in schools, inspiring both pupils and parents alike through his motivational presentations.

For help getting started with YOUR family research, please contact me at:

ayshah_johnston@hotmail.com

www.oogle.eu/ajohnston

 

Lambeth Caribbean Family History Group

While Solihull has flourished, Lambeth has withered. However, plans are afoot to revive it. I’m aiming to hold some workshops in Lambeth Libraries in the run up to Black History Month. Hopefully this will form the basis of a new group meeting regularly to discuss and promote Caribbean ancestral research. My new website is http://www.oogle.eu/aj or http://www.oogle.eu/ayshahjohnston. I’ll be advertising courses there, many of which will be funded, so your wallets will be safe! Ayshah